BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:

– ZURICH – Amid a deepening corruption crisis, FIFA defends its second-in-command by trying to distance him from claims he helped authorize $10 million in bribes for World Cup bidding votes.

– RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police want prosecutors to charge the former president of the country’s soccer federation with corruption crimes concerning bank transfers leading to the 2014 World Cup.

– PARIS – Roger Federer plays Swiss Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarterfinals. On the women’s side, 2008 champ Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova reach the semifinals.

– TAMPA, Fla. – The Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of a dynasty, chasing their third NHL championship in six seasons. They face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final opener Wednesday.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – The best player on the planet vs. the best defense in the NBA this season. If the Golden Warriors are to beat Cleveland for the title, they’ll somehow have to get past LeBron James.

– OAKLAND, Calif. – The Warriors hope All-Star guard Klay Thompson is cleared to play the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday after his concussion last week.

– CLEVELAND – David Blatt left his family in Israel to pursue his NBA dream with the Cavaliers. The journey has been difficult with speculation about the coach’s future partly undermining his success.

– HAVANA – Soccer’s New York Cosmos become the first U.S. pro team to play in Cuba since the nations announced a resumption of diplomatic relations. Game starts 5 p.m.

– MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Vikings after dealing with child-abuse charges last season. The running back tells the AP he will be at the team’s voluntary practice Tuesday.

– CHICAGO – The Bulls introduce Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg as coach. He succeeds Tom Thibodeau, who clashed with management and was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

– NEWARK, N.J. – John Hynes, who coached the Pittsburgh Penguins’ top minor league team the past five years, is introduced as the Devils’ coach. New Jersey has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

– NEW YORK – Roger Goodell would like to expand the NFL’s global reach. Games in Britain are already standard fare. But now the commissioner eyes possible games in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

– OKLAHOMA CITY – Florida is one win from a second straight national softball title after beating Michigan 3-2 in the opener of the Women’s College World Series. Game starts 8 p.m.

– TURIN, Italy – The Juventus players tasked with stopping Lionel Messi in Saturday’s Champions League final have exhausted their superlatives in describing the Barcelona star.